Fidel Castro (left) with his brother and president of Cuba Raul Castro
The death of 90-year-old Fidel Castro in November shocked the world.
The passing of the Cuban dictator also drew mixed reactions from Americans from one of support to disdain.
Of course, Cubans living in Miami probably had the strongest reaction. Many in the South Florida city, just 90 miles from Havana, were born and raised on the Island nation or have family ties to it. Many celebrated Castro’s passing.
Calumet College of St. Joseph student Felix Rojas is a native of Miami who lived in Cuba.
Rojas, 29, is majoring in English Literature with a minor in History. He will graduate in May.
The Shavings reached out to Felix to give us his perspective on Castro’s passing.
The Shavings: How old were you when you left Cuba?
Felix Rojas: I was 8 when I left, my brother was 3.
The Shavings: What do you remember about from living in Cuba?
Felix Rojas: Family, friends, the beach and family parties.
The Shavings: What or who do you miss most?
Felix Rojas: My grandmother Oneida is who I miss most.
The Shavings: What was it like living in Cuba under Castro?
Felix Rojas: Always having to keep things a secret. Everything in regards to the government was hush hush.
The Shavings: Have you ever returned to Cuba?
Felix Rojas: We went back in 2005 and 2008 so it has been almost 9 years now. I hope to go back as a gift to myself for graduating.
The Shavings: Do you still keep in contact with anyone in Cuba?
Felix Rojas: I still have more than half my family back in Cuba. We talk on the phone but it is expensive. Like more than a dollar a minute.
The Shavings: How do you feel about Castro’s death?
Felix Rojas: I have mixed feelings about his death. Part of me is happy, but part of me is scared of how the country will react. There are still millions that follow him blindly.
The Shavings: Do you think things will improve now that Castro is gone? Or do you think they will remain the same under the leadership of his brother Raul Castro?
Felix Rojas: I do not know about the living conditions. I think they will not get better until we have free democratic elections. With Trump winning I do not ever see that happening, I feel terrible because Obama was doing so much to normalize relations and now I do not know what can happen.
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